News - January 2010

Sunday 31 January - January snowball draw

Despite yesterday's postponement, the January snowball draw was made at Vale Farm. The winner of the first prize of £270 was ball number 103, whilst the second prize of £135 was won by ball number 118.

If you would like to join the draw and have a chance of winning future prizes, you can sign up by clicking the Snowball Draw advert on the right hand side of website front page.

Posted at 21:45

Saturday 30 January - McCann left frustrated by postponement

As noted earlier this afternoon, Hendon manager Gary McCann was left frustrated by the late decision to call off todays league match with Hastings United. The referee made his mind up at half past two that he wasn't completely happy with one 6-yard box and was left unmoved after speaking to both managers and Hendon secretary Graham Etchell.

"It's been the bane of our season." said McCann. "We've not had a string of fixtures for two months now, and it's difficult for the players to find any consistency when they're not able to play from one week to the next. Against Cray, we were poor off the back off a three week break and lost to a team who had played in the previous week, but we improved on Tuesday night with a performance that we wanted to build on today.

"Everyone's in the same boat at the moment, but it's particularly difficult for our lads with everyone but Wealdstone having played more games than we have."

The Hendon team were taken out into the park at Vale Farm for a training session and hope to be back in action on Tuesday night for the visit of Canvey Island.

Hastings' assistant manager Simon Balsdon was unimpressed by the timing of the decision, pointing out that if the referee was going to be unmoved and it had been made an hour and a half earlier they'd have been able to turn around and wouldn't have wasted their time warming up. "It's frustrating to come all this way for nothing, and now we've got to come all the way up again on a Tuesday night."

With Cray taking all three points this afternoon at Waltham Abbey, but Carshalton only able to pick up one point against AFC Hornchuch, Hendon find themselves one place worse off in the league, dropping to 17th in the table.

Posted at 17:20

Saturday 30 January - Under 21s score seven again

Our under 21 side won 7-0 for the second week in a row this afternoon, this time the defeated side were Regents Park. The opening goal was scored by Stephen Cunningham and this was the only goal before half-time.

Early in the second half Apacha Iyala doubled the lead with an unstoppable effort, before Cunningham scored two quick fire goals to complete his hat-trick.

Goal number five was also scored by Cunningham, before Niall Haughton netted from the penalty spot and it was left to Dean Roper to complete the scoring shortly before the end.

Posted at 15:41

Saturday 30 January - Hastings match called off

Today's game against Hastings United was called off by the match referee just 30 minutes before kick off. The reason given by the official was that he was unhappy with one six yard area which hadn't thawed out. Neither Gary McCann or Hastings manager Tony Dolby were happy with the decision to call the game off.

We would like to thank Wembley chairman Brian Gumm, and Wembley manager Ian Bates, who worked hard on the pitch this morning to help get the game on. Sadly their efforts were in vain.

Posted at 14:51

Friday 29 January - Andreas moves on

Andreas Pilides has left the club having been unable to break into the first team squad. He is expected to sign for Redbridge in time to play tomorrow afternoon.

We wish Andreas all the best as he looks to further his career.

Posted at 17:23

Friday 29 January - Supporters game against Tooting

We have been offered a game against Tooting & Mitcham's supporters before our game at Imperial Fields on 27th February.

Manager Eddie Edwards needs to know as soon as possible if supporters are interested in playing so that the game can be confirmed. If you are, please email him on eddieedd@hendonfc.net at your earliest opportunity.

There are also proposed games against Barnet and Maidstone before the end of the season, more details of which will be announced in due course.

Posted at 11:51

Friday 29 January - Greens aim to build on performance

The Greens will be looking to build on the vastly improved performance against Tooting on Tuesday night when they entertain Hastings United at Vale Farm tomorrow afternoon.

The Sussex side are currently in second place in the table, but have played a number of games more than their nearest rivals, with their ground having not been as affected by the poor weather as many others. Their current league form isn't the greatest, having lost 5 of their last 8 games, most recently losing 2-0 at Billericay Town last Saturday.

They were due to have played at Wealdstone on Tuesday evening, but that game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The game tomorrow will kick off at 3.00pm as normal. We are not expecting there to be any problems with the pitch, but should the situation change, we will update the website and messageboard straight away.

Posted at 09:27

Wednesday 27 January - Bookings for Margate coach

We are now taking bookings for the coach that is going to our game at Margate on Saturday 6th February. The cost will be £10 as normal, and the coach will leave from Claremont Road - departure time is likely to be 10.30am but that is yet to be confirmed.

There may also be coaches for the forthcoming trips to Maidstone and Horsham, but this is yet to be confirmed.

If you would like to book your seat for the trip to Margate, or if you would like to express your interest in the coaches to Maidstone or Horsham, please email Steve Rogers on steve_rogers2506@btinternet.com or call into the club shop on Saturday.

Posted at 12:34

Wednesday 27 January - London Senior Cup opponents revealed

Our opponents in the quarter final of the London Senior Cup will be Brimsdown Rovers, who beat Hanwell Town 4-1 last night. The game will be played at Brimsdown's Goldsdown Road ground on a date to be announced in due course.

Brimsdown currently lie 17th in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, and reached this stage of the competition by beating Barking 3-2 and Redbridge 4-1 in the earlier rounds.

There is one face in the Brimsdown squad that is familiar to Hendon fans in the shape of striker Ricci Crace, who joined them from tenants Enfield Town in the summer.

Posted at 09:16

Wednesday 27 January - Wayne reaches his ton

When he replaced Scott Cousins last night, Wayne O'Sullivan made his 100th appearance for the club.

Wayne made his debut in August 2006 against Tonbridge Angels, and went on to be an important part of the squad before leaving in January 2008 to join Stevenage Borough.

Unfortunately things didn't work out for him at Broadhall Way, and he moved on to Braintree Town for the 2008/09 season. He returned to Hendon at the beginning of this season, and once again has been a regular member of the side this season.

We congratulate Wayne on reaching the milestone, and we look forward to his next 100 appearances for the Greens.

Posted at 09:05

Tuesday 26 January - Game ends goalless

Tonight's game against Tooting & Mitcham United ended in a goalless draw at a frosty Vale Farm. Chances were at a premium for both sides, the best chance for Tooting coming in the first half when Simon Parker forced James Reading into a good save. The best attempt at goal for the Greens came from Bradley Woods-Garness, but he was unable to direct his shot wide of Dave King.

Posted at 23:42

Tuesday 26 January - Tooting to visit tonight

Tonight sees our first home game for 24 days, and only our third home league game since 22nd September as we entertain Tooting & Mitcham United in a game where Gary McCann will be hoping results get back on track as we look to move away from the bottom of the table.

Tooting come into the game on the back of a mixed run of results, although the did win 2-1 at Aveley on Saturday afternoon. They are currently fourth in the table and are well placed in the play-off race.

There is one familiar face in the Tooting squad in the shape of goalkeeper Dave King, who played for the Greens for three seasons.

Kick off tonight at Vale Farm is at the normal midweek time of 7.45pm. Turnstiles will open at around 7.00pm.

Posted at 09:08

Monday 25 January - Weekend downtime

We would like to apologise for the server downtime this weekend. At present, we're not entirely sure of the cause, but the server stopped responding at an inopportune time on Thursday evening and due to a busy weekend in personal lives, it's been difficult to find the time to work on resolving it. We will be fully investigating in the next few days and working to ensure that in the event this happens again that recovery will be far quicker in the future.

Posted at 10:13

Sunday 24 January - Under 21s return in style

Hendon Under-21s first match for almost two months was a roaring success as they trounced FC Baresi 7-0. The victory lifted the Greens up to third in the Cherry Red Books Middlesex County League Division One Central & East table, directly above FC Baresi, but with a vastly superior goal difference. It also completed a double over the Salisbury Hall club, following the 5-0 victory at Chase Lodge in September.

It took 20 minutes for the ring-rust to get out of the Hendon system, and they took the lead at that time when Stephen Cunningham scored. Luke Cooke doubled the advantage 11 minutes later and, on the stroke of half-time, Cooke got his second of the afternoon.

Sixteen minutes into the second half, Cunningham got his second and the game was over as a contest. A minute later James, Iyala added further misery to Baresi with number five. And the seven-minute purple patch was completed when Cunningham turned his brace into a hat-trick. In the final minute, Dean Roper got his name on the scoresheet to make it 7-0.

Joint manager Graham Bourne said, "I wasn't able to make it to the game so Eamon Finn and Marco Amaldi took the team. They told me we were absolutely outstanding and totally dominated the game. Stephen Cunningham has now scored nine times in six games and looks to be a real prospect. Even though he got a hat-trick, both Marco and Eamon agreed that the man of the match was James Iyala. He scored one of the goals and he created five of the others."

Posted at 15:00

Saturday 23 January - Greens disappoint at Cray

Hendon put in a disappointing performance at Cray this afternoon, going down to a 2-0 defeat. The performance was summed up by the fact that the first shot on target came in the 80th minute. Crays's scorers were George Porter and John Guest.

Posted at 17:00

Thursday 21 January - Dartford game rearranged

Our home game against Dartford will now take place on Tuesday 30th March at Vale Farm, kicking off at 7.45pm as usual.

Posted at 21:15

Saturday 16 January - Greens win friendly

Goals from Bradley Woods-Garness, Jamie Busby and Yacine Hamada secured a 3-0 win at Hitchin today.

Posted at 14:05

Friday 15 January - Dartford game postponed

Unfortunately despite efforts to clear the pitch of snow today, it has been decided that the pitch will not be playable tomorrow, and so our home game against Dartford has been postponed.

However, the squad will be playing in a training match against Hitchin Town on the artificial pitch at Baldock Town's old ground, kicking off at 12.00pm.

A new date for the Dartford game will be advised in due course.

Posted at 15:33

Friday 15 January - Vale Farm pitch update

At the time of writing, the pitch at Vale Farm remains under a blanket of snow estimated to be around 3 inches deep. However, an attempt is being made today to clear the snow so that hopefully waterlogging can be avoided when it thaws.

It's unclear at the moment what our chances of playing tomorrow are, but we plan to have an update online sometime this evening.

Posted at 10:23

Monday 11 January - Billericay game rearranged

Our trip to Billericay has been rearranged and will now take place at New Lodge on Tuesday 9th March. Kick off will be at 7.45pm.

Posted at 19:53

Monday 11 January - Boreham Wood game postponed

With the cold, frosty and snowy weather continuing, tomorrow night's home game against Boreham Wood has been postponed. A new date will be announced in due course.

Posted at 12:43

Friday 08 January - Billericay game frozen off

It'll come as no surprise to anyone that our game tomorrow at Billericay Town has been postponed due to the recent freezing weather.

As a result of the poor weather, the league have given clubs permission to call games off early where it was clear that conditions were unlikely to improve before tomorrow afternoon without having to call a referee in for a pitch inspection.

A new date for the game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 11:40

Friday 08 January - New date for Bognor

Our home league game against Bognor Regis Town that was postponed just before Christmas will now be played on Tuesday 23rd March at Vale Farm, kicking off at 7.45pm as normal.

Posted at 11:00

Sunday 03 January - Over £1400 given away in prizes

The supporters trust gave away over £1400 in prizes yesterday following the December snowball draw, in which the annual Super Snowball prize was also drawn. The winner of the Super Snowball prize, worth £994, was won by number 96.

The monthly first prize was worth £273 and was won by number 74, whilst the second prize of £136.50 was won by number 180.

If you have not entered the draw as yet, it is never too late to do so. Each ball costs just £5 per month, and details can be found on the supporters trust website, or by speaking to any member of the supporters trust board on a matchday.

Posted at 18:52

Saturday 02 January - Harrow beaten again

For the second time in eight days, Hendon have beaten Harrow Borough, this time winning 3-1 at Vale Farm.

The game only went ahead thanks to the efforts of Glenn Garner, who spent an hour with a blowtorch defrosting one area of the pitch. His efforts were rewarded by his team-mates, with the opening goal coming in the 38th minute courtesy of Scott Cousins.

Five minutes after half-time, Cousins doubled the lead with a low free-kick that the Harrow keeper was slow to react to. The away side pulled a goal back in the 78th minute through Dean Fenton, but just three minutes later Casey Maclaren secured the points.

Posted at 18:20

Saturday 02 January - Parker hits double century

This afternoon's game saw popular captain James Parker make his 200th appearance for the club. James joined the club in January 2005 when Gary Farrell was in charge, and made his debut in the London Senior Cup defeat at Fisher Athletic.

Apart from a spell at the start of last season, James has been a first team regular in the back line and has scored 5 goals, the most recent coming at Harrow last weekend.

We congratulate James on reaching the milestone, and we look forward to his next 200 appearances for the club.

Posted at 18:19

Saturday 02 January - Hopes high for today's game

Hopes are high that this afternoon's game against Harrow Borough will go ahead as planned. Despite the heavy overnight frost, the pitch appears to be thawing well.

Following discussions with the match referee and officials from Harrow, the decision has been taken to give the pitch as long as possible to thaw so that the match is given every chance of going ahead.

The match referee will check the pitch upon his arrival, but please assume that the game is going ahead as planned. If there is any change to the situation, updates will be posted to the messageboard in the livescores thread.

Posted at 11:49